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RALPH J. GERSON ELECTED CHAIRMAN AT OIS OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEMS

 TROY, Mich., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- OIS Optical Imaging Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVON) announced the election of Ralph J. Gerson as chairman of the board.
 OIS is a leader in the worldwide market for advanced flat panel displays, and is the only American producer of active matrix liquid crystal displays. OIS manufactures displays for a wide range of high- performance military, avionic and commercial applications. The company is currently constructing a $100 million manufacturing facility in Northville Township, Mich., and expects to be producing displays in the new facility by early 1995.
 Gerson has been a director of OIS since 1992. Since becoming a director, Gerson has taken a leading role in the company's long-term planning and has provided ongoing strategic advice as its position within the global flat panel display industry has expanded.
 Gerson is executive vice president and a director of Guardian Industries Corp., a global manufacturer and fabricator of flat glass products, where he oversees worldwide staff operations and is responsible for international growth. He was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. From 1983 to 1985 he served as director of the Michigan Department of Commerce; and from 1977 until 1980, he served as Counselor to Ambassador Robert S. Strauss in the Office of the President's Personal Representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations and Special Assistant in the Office of the Special Trade Representative.
 Rex Tapp was also re-elected president and chief executive officer of OIS. He will remain directly responsible for the management and operations of the company. Tapp said, "The election of Ralph Gerson as chairman of the OIS board is continued evidence of the high degree of commitment that Guardian Industries has made to OIS and the flat panel display industry."
 OIS is a publicly traded affiliate of Guardian Industries Corp., a Michigan-based manufacturer of flat glass, fiberglass and plastics products. Guardian made a major equity investment in OIS in 1991 and has announced its intention to make an additional equity investment in 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Charles C. Wilson, executive vice president and CFO of OIS Optical Imaging Systems, Inc., 313-362-2738/
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